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Media Statement from the Office of the President: Progress on 100 days

The Autonomous Bougainville Government continues to make headway with its first 100 Days plan in the economic and development sectors as well as progressing inter-government relations with the National Government. President Ishmael Toroama’s overarching theme for the new government’s first 100 days is Innovation and Change and focuses on revitalizing the ABG’s key development sectors to raise revenue and steady the ABG’s course on the Post Referendum Consultations. In a statement to the ABG Parliament today, President Toroama revealed that his meeting with the Prime Minister James Marape for the Pre-JSB Meeting last week yielded success. “Both the Prime Minister and I reaffirmed our commitment to the ongoing peace process and the need for constructive dialogue,” President Toroama said. “We discusses issues from past JSB Meetings including drawdown of powers, intergovernmental financing arrangements, transfer of the National Government shareholding in Bougainville Copper Limited and the Prime Minister’s commitment on a one-line budget for the ABG,” President Toroama added. The President also revealed that his inaugural trip to Port Moresby allowed him to meet with Bougainville’s development partners as well as diplomatic missions in PNG and the PNG Ombudsman Commission. “There is much to be done especially on the political and economic fronts, the Bougainville Executive Council must remain cohesive as we plan and reorganize ourselves to meet with our PNG counterparts,” President Toroama said. “I expect all ministers and the bureaucracy to support the initiatives I undertake in better organizing and moving Bougainville forward,” the President added. “As we move forward I wish to remind this house and the administration of the important six-point strategy in moving Bougainville forward,” he said. President Toroama said that these strategies will not have much impact without the people taking ownership of them through maintaining law and order. The President also presented an overview of several key economic achievements the government has successfully implemented; these include the reconciliation of the landowners from the Manetai Limestone Project area, Tonolei Integrated Forestry and Agriculture Project and the Bana Special Economic Zone Project. The first 100 Days of the fourth ABG House of Representatives ends on January 6th 2021.

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